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Monday, January 10, 2022

Eddie Basinski, the violin-playing second baseman for the Portland Beavers, has died at age 99

Edwin Frank Basinski, who played 11 seasons with the Portland Beavers and was the second-oldest former Major League Baseball player, died Saturday at a care facility in Gladstone where he had resided for the last seven years.

“The good side is, he lived 99 years and 65 days,” his son, Dave Basinski, said. “He had a full life, like Betty White. His spirits were good right up until the end.”

Basinski was often included on lists of the greatest Beavers of all time, and was once voted by fans as the “Most Famous Beaver.” In 2006, he was inducted into the Pacific Coast League Hall Of Fame.

During his time as a second baseman in Portland, Basinski had 87 home runs and 231 doubles. His career batting average was .258 over 15 minor league seasons. He was also known to serenade the crowd with his violin. As a classically trained violinist, Basinski had played with the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra before signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944.

“He was a celebrity in Portland,” his son said. “I was so young I didn’t really get to appreciate it, but I have vague memories of going to the games and being in the clubhouse and years of hearing these stories. He became a very popular public speaker because he was a colorful storyteller.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 10, 2022 at 05:54 PM | 8 comment(s)
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